Louis van Gaal: Manchester United is 'Far More Boring' and Defensive Under Jose Mourinho

Louis van Gaal has accused Jose Mourinho of playing a style of football "far more boring" and defensive than he ever had during his turbulent stint as Manchester United manager, according to reports.

Van Gaal, the Dutch coach widely esteemed by fans across Europe, experienced an arduous two years as manager at Old Trafford from 2014 through 2016 as he clashed with fans and the media.

But the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach has insisted his successor—and former student at the Camp Nou—has delivered a more tedious style.

"We played football that was quite all right," Van Gaal told Fox Sports in Holland. "But it's not football that is appreciated in England.

"Right now, looking at United, I have to conclude Mourinho is not being criticised while it's far more boring football. What United produce now is defensive football.

"I always played attacking football. The proof is that the opposition were always parking the bus. They don't do that now because Mourinho plays so defensive."

Van Gaal's critics claimed the opposite, describing his style as slow and laborious with little attacking intent. United finished fourth in his first season in charge and fifth the following year, also picking up the FA Cup, but Van Gaal was sacked just two days after the final.

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Louis van Gaal at Parc des Princes, Paris, France, September 27. Van Gaal has accused Jose Mourinho's Manchester United of being boring and defensive. Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty

Mourinho, who worked as an assistant for Van Gaal at Barcelona, was named as his replacement and has returned the club to the Champions League as well as winning three trophies last season.

United only scored 49 goals in the league in Van Gaal's last year in charge while the team has already scored 36 this season in just 16 games. United is second place in the Premier League table but 11 points behind leader Manchester City after losing to Pep Guardiola's team at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Mourinho also led United to top its group in the Champions League and the team was drawn against Spanish club Sevilla for the last-16 stage, which takes place in February and March. United is still in the League Cup and will faces Derby County in the third round of the FA Cup next month.

Van Gaal has not returned to management since he was sacked by Manchester United and said earlier this year that he had not decided on whether he would retire or not. He claims to have been offered the manager's job at Valencia but turned it down.

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Louis van Gaal, left, and Jose Mourinho in Munich, Germany, August 13, 2010. Mourinho worked under Van Gaal at Barcelona and replaced him at Manchester United. CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty